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Rockin’ around Christmas break

Teenagers discuss what they are going to be up to over winter break
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Adriana Young (’26) stands in front of the Tampa Premium Outlet Christmas tree while hanging out with friends after the school day. “I had fun this time hanging out and taking pictures. I plan on coming back to the mall over break to go see Santa with my friends and shop around some more,” Young said.

   With winter break approaching many are excited to start their holiday adventures. Some may travel for the holidays to go see family or visit a new place. Others may just hang out with friends and family over the break and take it day by day.

   Alejandro Rodriguez (‘26) has been traveling to the Dominican Republic to visit his dad for the holidays since Covid began back in 2020. He says that he prefers it this way so that he gets to see his family that lives far away more often.

   “I couldn’t see my family in the Dominican Republic during the summer because of Covid so we came up with the idea to spend Christmas break together. I really enjoy the holiday break because it gives me time to spend with my family and we can all come together and also because I get gifts from Santa,” Rodriguez said. 

   Ava Ferguson (‘27) plans to stay at home for this holiday season and celebrate Christmas by opening presents and having dinner and then she will celebrate Hanukkah with her aunt. She also plans to hang out with friends throughout the break.

   “Me and my friends plan to go ice skating at this place called Enchanted [St. Pete] because my parents keep suggesting it, it looks like it’ll be fun though,” Ferguson said.  

   Alexander Tatum (‘24) takes action this Christmas break by utilizing the time to study for upcoming exams in the spring. 

  “I have a lot of AP exams coming up so I’m going to review material that I don’t understand. I’m also going to make time for friends and family during the break and maybe even start my mentorship program,” Tatum said. 

   Tatum has also earned a music mentorship program this year that grants him the ability to work in a real music studio and further his music knowledge. He also participates in his family’s tradition of coming together and watching the Christmas Charlie Brown movies.

   Overall, everyone is ready to start the 2 week break and have the freedom to travel and hangout with all of their friends and family, celebrate Christmas and other holidays that fall in this time of year,  and join in on holiday festivities like ice skating, looking at Christmas lights and building gingerbread houses with the family.

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